Blue Fish Version 2
The Blue Fish Version 2: After over a year off the market, our popular Blue Fish Boost is back! The Blue Fish offers two unique boost channels – Loud and Louder – that can be used individually, or stacked together providing warm overdriven tones. Each features an independent volume control and footswitch to easily pair them together or with other gain stages. The input section of the Loud channel was massaged for Version 2, and the Neon switch was added for more voicing options. All clipping options from both styles of the original Blue Fish are included in Version 2, easily selected by a rotary switch.
The Blue Fish Version 2 is housed in a Gorva S90 enclosure, which is unmatched in fit and finish. The new landscape layout makes independent channel control more convenient, particularly while gigging. Solid aluminum knobs, Taiway toggles, and Lumberg audio and DC jacks carry over from the original design. This is the first Rare Buzz design to feature our new switching circuit: the audio signal is switched with a relay – completely isolated from the mechanical switch and LED – which reduces noise. Finally, if you every happen to pop the lid off the back of the Blue Fish the circuit board is color coordinated and decorated with fish-themed art.
- Loud: The first of the two boost channels, the Loud circuit is MOSFET based. The Loud side is voiced more warmly and provides color to the guitar tone. For those familiar with our product line, the Tone Station is based on the Loud channel of the original Blue Fish.
- Neon: The Neon control is tied to the Loud channel and provides light compression and clipping to the signal. It’s a subtle change, but can change the dynamic of the Loud channel – particularly when it is stacked with other effects.
- Louder: The second of the two boost channels, the Louder circuit is JFET based. The Louder side on its own provides a fairly clean volume boost. Push the Louder channel, however, and it begins to break up in a very valve-like way – use the Loud channel or another gain source to do this to get more grit.
- Clipping: The Clipping control is tied to the Louder channel and provides four different voicings, indicated by LEDs to the right of the knob. From counter-clockwise, the rotary switch provides bypassed clipping (no LED), germanium diode clipping, MOSFET clipping, and Nanolog device clipping. Germanium diodes are glass D310, sourced from Soviet surplus. NANOLOG DEVICES ARE A NEW ADDITION TO THE GUITAR PEDAL WORLD. ACCORDING TO THEIR WEBSITE, NANOLOG DEVICES ARE A NEW CLASS OF ELECTRONIC COMPONENT, AND OPERATE USING “MOLECULAR ELECTRONICS”. A SINGLE NANOLOG DEVICE CAN REPLACE A PAIR OF CLIPPING DIODES (SILICON, GERMANIUM) AND EVEN PRE-AMP TUBES TO CREATE DYNAMIC, WARM, AND ORGANIC OVERDRIVEN TONES. THESE DEVICES ARE 100% ANALOG, AND AS SUCH, THEY HAVE A VERY LOW MILLIAMP DRAW. THE SOFTER CLIPPING OF THESE DEVICES ELIMINATES MUCH OF THE HARSH, “TIN-LIKE” BUZZINESS THAT TRADITIONAL DIODES CREATE. ADDITIONALLY, THE DEVICES PROVIDE A WARMER LOW-MID RANGE RESPONSE, AND OVERALL INCREASED DYNAMICS. THIS OPTION SMOOTHS OUT THE ROUGH EDGES IN THE DIRT SETTING AND IS MORE APPROPRIATE FOR ACOUSTIC GUITAR AND FOR TRADITIONAL BLUES.
SIGNAL CHAIN: TRUE BYPASS SWITCHING WITH MONO INPUT AND OUTPUT. LUMBERG AUDIO AND DC POWER JACKS.
4.6" X 4.0" X 2.3"
1/4" Instrument (Mono)
1/4" Instrument (Mono)
9V; 2.1mm DC Jack